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: a 12-year veteran with the baltimore city fire department, simmons was arrested monday. wjz has learned he had been arrested for human trafficking and prostitution back in 2010 but was never charged. >> as of this moment, he has been suspended without bay -- pay. and we will begin our preliminary investigation into this situation. >> reporter: police also seized several computers, flash drives, condoms, and sex toys, from inside the warehouse. ian knoll runs a business on the ground floor. >> i never thought for a second that anything of this type of magnitude would be taking place. not here. >> reporter: 33-year-old franklin coit, a convicted felon, is also charged with running a prostitution ring and after-hours club. he, too, was arrested for the same charges in 2010. >> reporter: we've learned that simmons has been taken to central booking. he faces a number of state charges before the federal charges. and those in themselves include human trafficking, gun charges and of course those prostitution charges. live at city police headquarters, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz eyewitness news.
are in baltimore city and baltimore county. >> finally relief from the heat after more than a week of sweltering temperatures that killed at least 13 people in maryland and more than 45 nationwide. it buckled train tracks and roads, softened pavement. there could be more deaths as final numbers are tallied and official reports come in from the medical examiner. more than 700,000 people were left without power last week. more storms over night knocked out power again to hundreds of bge just finished restoration efforts. the utility will file a report which regulates within three weeks about their response. they will hold hearings on whether it was appropriate. many won't forget the hot temperatures. >> i'm glad there's air-conditioning. >> a lot of people are sick of it and want it over. >> it is for now. >> reporter: there's continuing construction work underway on u.s. 50 in prince georgia's county. that's where the road buckled. a 50 by 40 feet stretch. we will continue to keep an eye on the power numbers and also on the death toll from the heat wave. reporting live, mike hellgren, wjz eyewit
in baltimore county. five of them have been in baltimore city. many of the victims have had underlying heart problems. and it certainly underscores how dangerous this heat can be. >> reporter: the death toll keeps rising across maryland, during one of the longest stretches of temperatures above 95 degrees in state history. and those who have to work outside are doing their best to stay hydrated and safe. >> it can get pretty hectic. have to drink a lot of fluids. have to keep you balanced. >> it's very, very bad. but we work because i need money. i need to pay the bills. i need --ue know. -- you know. we need work. >> reporter: most of the deaths have been in baltimore city, men, over 65, with heart problems. but no one is immune from the danger. >> the longer this goes on, as people become sort of used to it, they may lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a real hazard. >> we want to avoid any deaths at all. and if people stay cool and hydrated, we can avoid those negative outcomes. >> he's the biggest problem. pavement gets really hot. i try to keep really short walks. >> reporter
. >>> right now, more than 53,000 customers in baltimore county are still without power. baltimore city, anne arundel county, and howard county are also struggling. in total, more than 147,000 bge customers in maryland are still out. for more details on the power restoration progress, vic carter is live with bge spokesman rob gould. >> rob, thanks again for joining us. you said you have the bulk of the people back online. but it's still going to take a while. >> yes. we have 80% or more restored. but it's really that 147,000 figure that we're ficked on now. and of course, -- fixed on now. and of course, if you're without power, you don't care how many are restored. you want to be restored. for all of these images we're showing you, it's just going to take sometime. >> what is the biggest challenge facing you at this time? >> trees, trees and more trees. this storm is as bad if not worse than a hurricane. and hurricane irene, what we saw there is pretty bad. this is real bad. we have trees all over the place, in places you wouldn't expect to see them having come down. and that's really posing
. it is trees on top of electrical wires that still dot the landscape in baltimore county, baltimore city, and several other maryland counties. 3,000 workers from bge and other states are going to hard- hit neighborhoods, trying to repair the damage and get the lights back on. sky eye chopper 13 is over crews in parkville, where you can see damage to at least one home there. wjz is live with first warning weather coverage. we'll check in with captain jeff long in sky eye chopper 13. but first, mike hellgren is in baltimore county, with updated information on repairs. mike? >> reporter: mary, unfortunately, this scene, this long after the storm, is still what it looks like in many neighborhoods. a lot of big, downed trees. you can see what the lightning and wind did to this one. this is one of those neighborhoods that is still without power. the governor says he are entering a very dangerous phase right now, because so many people have been without electricity for so long. about 150,000 bge customers are now out. and that's about 150,000 too many. >> reporter: this is new, amateur video, s
it will continue to monitor the hot spottings -- spots. >>> pret ty soon baltimore city police will get help from thousands of electronic eyes. the new systems will allow businesses and residents to incorporate their security cameras into the city watch system. officers will be able to access registered camera systems in an area near a crime. >>> the man charged with killing unarmed florida teenager trayvon martin is speaking out about that faithful night. george zimmerman and his attorney talked about the killing. his regrets and he reached out to the teen's parents. randall pinkston has the latest for wjz. >> i do wish that there was something, anything i could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where i had to take his life. >> george zimmerman says his confrontation with trayvon martin didn't last long before martin started throwing punches. in an interview zimmerman recould wanted how martin a-- recounted how martin approached him shortly after he called police about a suspicious person last february. >> he asked me what my problem was. i looked up and he punched me and broke
. most of the outages were in baltimore city and baltimore county. >> reporter: finally, relief from the heat, after more than a week of sweltering temperatures that killed at least 13 people in maryland and more than 45 nationwide. it buckled train tracks and roads. even softened pavement enough to get this jet stuck. >> does she wear glasses or contacts? >> and there could be more deaths, as final numbers are tallied and official reports are coming in from the medical examiner. the hot air fueled storms that left more than 7,000 people without power last week. and more storms last night, knocked out power again to hundreds after bge just finished restoration efforts. the utility will file a report with the public service commission, which regulates it, within three weeks about their response. and the psc will hold hearings over whether it was appropriate. many won't soon forget those stifling temperatures. >> i'm really glad that there's air conditioning. >> a lot of people are sick of it. >> it is for now. but summer is only just beginning. >> reporter: construction work continues
the sun. and emergency cooling centers are open in baltimore city, as well as several surrounding counties. we're also watching for the chance of storms in our region, as we take a live look outside right now. looks pretty. feels a lot different. let's go to bob turk right now. he's tracking the heat and first warning doppler radar. >> take a look at temperatures, still in the mid90s. d.c. just jumped to 100 degrees as you can see. but that dew point is so much higher. in fact, it's about 22 degrees higher than yesterday. so the 96 degrees we have right now and 100 in d.c., when you combine that with a high dew point, it feels like 10 degrees warmer than yesterday. d.c., 12 degrees warmer than yesterday but that makes it feel like 107 here and in d.c. yesterday at this time, it felt like 84. that's a big, big difference. 109 in pax river. 95 in ocean city, where it is quite a bit cooler. now, until 8:00 tonight, we have a heat advisory in effect. and to our north and northwest, severe thunderstorm watches until 10:00 tonight, including garrett county and some severe weather going on across
remains in the cecil county jail on the $200,000 bond. >>> baltimore city fire chief jim clack makes the decision regarding his controversial pay raise. his new contract gives him an 18% salary jump by 2018. the move has caused an uproar in the fire union since it comes as some firecompanies are being closed. today, chief clack says that firefighters do not get their pay raise, he will donate his to the city fire department's fire foundation. >>> well, we are enjoying another day of beautiful weather. lots of sunshine, with some scattered clouds. not too hot out there. just really perfect. meteorologist tim williams is updating our first warning conditions. >> >> we are looking at high pressure solidly in control in our forecast. but we have rain not too far from the south. but what that means is that clouds have been cast in our direction as a result of all of that shower activity and storms. all along that stationary front. that front was our friend. it's the front that changed all of our dynamics from the 100- degree temperatures a week ago. but it stalled to the south. clouds and
decades on the baltimore city police force. but now an officer is forced to resign in disgrace. mary is in the newsroom with more on this case. >> reporter: the detective and her daughter both pleaded guilty today to theft. police sayanderson undercharged her mother. as she brought groceries at this food depot. a security officer spotted what was going on and alerted managers. today, early received probation judgment. early must serve three months probation. >>> anderson received six months supervised probation. air a woman who injected potentially deadly substances. wjz is live in federal court. mike hellgren with more on the sentence and reaction to it. mike? >> vic, she says she was just trying to feed her family and told the judge she accepted responsibility. in addition to those three years, she get a $25,000 fine, far less than the $2 fifty,000 fine the government wanted. can't say anything. >> she said she was just trying to get people to feel better about themselves. never realizing the danger. federal prosecutors say it was industrial grade. the kind used in paint and furnit
of his car, skidded out of control and died. police say speeding is to blame. >>> grading baltimore city schools. new numbers show a slight improvement in education. but there is still a long way to go. wjz is live. rochelle ritchie is at city school headquarters in east baltimore with the results. rochelle? >> reporter: well, denise, the results are mixed and show the challenges ahead. >> reporter: superintendent dr. andres alonzo reveals the results for the 2012 assessment test. the results not wad but -- not bad but not good. >> reporter: the numbers matter. and they matter tremendously. >> reporter: baltimore city school's numbers remain fairly dorm ant to last year. math scores in grades 3 through 8 are up two percentage points in 2011, where 62% of students scored a proficient or advanced. this year, an increase of just 63%. >> summer school last year was all about math. because we knew that math was the subject that we needed to make the progress. >> reporter: focusing solely on math. the scores for reading was decreased nearly 2% from 69% to just under 68%. >> for new entrants in
encouraging women to set fitness goals and achieve them. 30-year-old kaitlyn of baltimore city math teacher was one of 10,000 submissions, her plan inspired fourth and fifth grade girls at edge wood elementary to run a mile. >> we would work out every day, monday through friday for about 45 minutes. in the end, they were able to accomplish their goal of running a mile and it was awesome. >> reporter: for ten weeks, kaitlyn tracked her progress online, vying for the chance to be one of the new faces of underarmor as one of their inspirational women and it works. >> you brought a whole new light to what underarmor is about and we're just really excited to have you have. >> reporter: under armour said it stood out the entire time. it was her selflessness that really made her shine. under armour sponsorship deal including training and gear. >> they get to work better in class and it was good for the overall kids. >> this is so good. >> reporter: under armour said the entire campaign was such a success, they plan to launch a similar one this fall. in baltimore city, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz ey
an update on that major sinkhole in baltimore city. that's really going to cause a lot of extra congestion. as you can see, east monument, six blocks north of patterson park. it is closed between patterson park boulevard and monford. to get around that. your alternates would be madison and even mcelderly. as far as the rest of the region goes, if you are traveling 95 in the northbound direction, heavy there from 395 to the 895 split. traffic does slow down again. as you approach the beltway, well past whitemarsh boulevard. traveling on the north side inner loop, to harford road. the west side inner loop, that's been a pretty steady delay this afternoon. 20 minutes there from southwestern boulevard around to security boulevard. traveling the harrisburg expressway, slowing there. in the southbound direction, things slow down to timonium road to the beltway. as far as accidents go, eastern avenue, at simmons. wilkens street. also east pratt at charles. >>> let's take a live look. you can see, traffic is crawling along there. approaching potee street. this traffic report is brought to you by t
,000 without service. in baltimore county, more than 32,000 have no power. baltimore city, it's just under 20,000. and howard county has 4700 customers still without service. in all right now, 77,000 homes and businesses still need to have their service restored. maryland's heat wave continues right now. a heat advisory is in effect for most of the state. outside, it's sunny and hot. and for the eighth day in a row, the temperature is over 90 degrees. first warning weather coverage continues with bob turk, who is updating these pleasant conditions. >> unfortunately, i don't see a lot of that break coming until maybe next week. we have a break in the thunderstorms now. it's very quiet. just a few things up near west virginia. but we do expect to see things beginning to pop this afternoon. a few things showing up. not much to look at at this point. but i am concerned with all of this heat and energy in the atmosphere, we could see some widely scattered, severe thunderstorms tonight. probably between 5:00 and 9:00. most should be over by then. but there's certainly a possibility of some isolated
. >>> stunning allegations against the baltimore city firefighter. police say 29-year-old jamar simmons was running an online prostitution ring and illegal after-hours club. a second man is also charged in the case. simmons worked for the city fire department since 2000. wjz is gathering more information. we'll have a live report coming up at 5:00 and 6:00. >>> sounds like a terror plot from a movie. using remote-controlled planes, packed with explosives to blow up buildings. now a plea deal in the case. andrea fujii is following the story from the newsroom. >> reporter: resjuan ferduss is expected to plead guilty to two charges in federal court. he was arrested in september after undercover agents, posing as al qaeda members, gave him 24 pounds of fake c4, a powerful explosive. prosecutors allege he was going to pack remote-controlled airplanes with the c-4 and bomb the pentagon and u.s. capital. under the plea agreement, fairduss will spend 17 years in prison. >> defense attorneys say fairduss has a history of mental illness. >>> crews are getting to work replacing an aging water main
is being transformed for an international soccer match. >>> baltimore city neighborhood. from city blight to city bright. i'm pat warren, coming up on eyewitness news. the legacy of william donald schaefer. >> it's definitely a hit to my dignity. >>> i'm adam may. the growing calls to raise minimum wage. that's coming up. >>> watching for storms. what's in store for the rest of the week? don't miss the updated first warning forecast with bob. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> it is overcast with storms in the region and 89 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. there are growing calls across the country and right here in maryland to raise the minimum wage. today, struggling families take on politicians, deadlocked in how to fix the economy. adam may has more on the impact and the debate. hi, adam. >> hi, kai. yeah, over the last few years, politicians have been at odds over how to fix the economy. and meanwhile, the working class has become the working poor. >> reporter: baltimore packed city hall. brses bruce gross recently lost his constr
of the deaths have been in baltimore city. five of them. and there have been about 60 heat-related emergency room visits every day throughout the state. >> reporter: even before the sun came up, it was a hot one. one of the longest stretches in maryland history, of temperatures above 95 degrees. for some, if you can't beat the heat, go full-bore into the sun. >> i'm not a big hot weather person. but you wouldn't be able to talk with me here dripping in sweat in the sun. >> it's irritating. >> reporter: for others it was time to hit the shade. the temperatures are rising. most of those who have died are men older than 65 who live in baltimore. >> people who have chronic illness, particularly heart problems, they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. so you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> avoid alcohol. keep hydrated. and monitor yourself. monitor your body. but we can survive this well if we take the necessary precautions. >> i can't move any slower than what i'm already moving. [ laughter ] >> i find that i have n
wants to rewrite the rules on social media. >> the latest heated battle in baltimore city's fire department is over twitter and what firefighters can and can't post on social media. it comes after some criticism of the mayor and chief online, including con controversy over the chief's pay raise when fire documents are closing. one tweet said, save yourself, there's no medics but you can call the mayor on the video phone. the department says the new guidelines are not to effect free speech. >> simply to establish concise guidelines and bount bound -- boundaries for which our members are communicate concerns. >> still the firefighters union is troubled enough that they're meeting with lawyers and the department next week. >> that's our main concern is firefighters are protected. that's our only concern. >> i want to make sure our remembers are covered -- members are covered. >> the employees can face punishment in limited situations. the maryland general assembly that says you do not have to share your user names and passwords with your employers. >> it's like tapping a phone and l
-year veteran of the baltimore city fire department. he is now suspended without pay, pending an internal investigation. vic? >> mary, thank you. simmons was a firefighter with truck 25 out of rowland park. >> controversy continues out of plans to give fire chief james clack a contract extension and a pay raise. comes at a time when fire companies are being closed. >> derek valcourt explains, a vote on the measure was taken today, as more opponents speak out. derek? >> well, the mayor says the fire chief has earned that pay raise. but firefighters and some city residents say the fire chief is benefiting from their loss. >> reporter: the permanent closure of three city fire companies because of three budget constraints already had firefighters angry. which is why the mayor's request had firefighters union leaders saying no way. >> this [ inaudible ] i don't think chief complak or his command staff should take the raise. >> reporter: but in a 3-2 vote, the city board of estimates agrees to extend the contract for six years. the deal grants clack more than $28,000 worth of pay in
are being becoming the working poor. >> reporter: baltimore city hall, packed with people demanding raise in minimum wage. bruce gross recently lost his construction job. now he's raising his twin boys and daughter on $7.25 an hour. >> i can't even raise my kids or my family on that type of money. i have to go through months of deciding whether to pay bills or get food. >> reporter: current minimum wage is $7.25. part of rebuild america act, which calls for infrastucture to create new jobs. partially paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthiest americans. >> we're struggling to get to the middle. and i feel like they should be thinking, oh, how can we help? >> reporter: there's no question, middle class families are falling behind. their salaries have increased 35% in the last foury decade -- four decades, while the wealthiest has seen a 278% increase. >> it is absolutely destroying the very health of our democracy. >> cindy walsh is an activist. >> we will continue to see if if this if we do not put our foot down to the idea of free market and globalization being the answer to domestic
on the trail. >> he was located hiding inside of an abandoned home. >> reporter: in baltimore city, officers tried to stop watson after he sideswiped a car and kept going. police followed him and on 97 south toward anne arundel county. baltimore police called their their pursuit and called anne arundel county. he drove every ratically on the interstate and you can see he came close to hitting several cars on the road. >> it's a dangerous situation, not just in our county but other areas with the way he was driving. >> reporter: speeding through residential neighborhood and hopes to make a left turn but smashes into a sedan, the driver left stunned. >> justice prevailed, you know? >> reporter: charged for drug possession after 11 violations just yesterday. >> any related charges. >> reporter: police say the vehicle watson was driving at the time was not stolen. and tonight, watson remains in jail. kai, back to you. >> rochelle, thank you. watson is expected to face charges in baltimore city as well. >>> maryland lost 11,000 jobs in june according to the u.s. department of labor. that makes th
- related deaths. >> reporter: already, maryland has seen four deaths from the heat. two from baltimore city, one in montgomery county, another in wicomico county. doctors say those at risk have underlying health problems. >> they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> reporter: but it's so hot, even healthy adults are in trouble. >> i've gotten dizzy. so i decided to carry an umbrella today. because the heat just pounds on you. and it's excruciating. >> i got business, i take care of it in the morning. so when it's starting to get real hot, i'm heading towards home. >> i'm not young myself. so it's pretty hard on all of us. >> reporter: howard monet already opens his air- conditioned home to friends and family. and with power still out for tens of thousands, health officials are hoping others will do the same and keep the sun from taking lives. >> hospital emergency rooms also feeling the heat. many have noticed an uptick in the number of people over the age of 65, who are comin
at the updated numbers. baltimore county still has it the worst with nearly 20,000 out. baltimore city, howard county and anne arundel county are also hit hard. in total, about 44,000 bge customers are without power right now. >> well, here's more frustrating news for those in the dark. this heat is growing more intense. emergency rooms are starting to fill up with patients who are dehydrated or worse. monique griego has late word on moredeaths linked to this receipt heat wave. >> reporter: another day under a vicious sun, as triple-digit temperatures bear down on baltimore. >> the humidity has made it unbearable. doesn't matter if you're in the shade or in the sun. >> i'm sweating water now. i feel like a walking river right now. >> reporter: people sweating it out in the city, try to refuel, create their own shade, or simply ditch a few layers in an effort to stay cool. >> it's horrible. hot and sweaty is not a good feeling. >> on the way to keep cool. umbrella, fans and water. >> reporter: but when it's in hot, the weather isn't just uncomfortable. it can be dangerous. >> we definitely see
there. also we just got off the phone with adrian barnes. she is with baltimore city's department of transportation. she is putting out an urgent transportation alert to people that are downtown baltimore right now. she is telling them if you're downtown in this general area it is best to try and stay downtown for the time being. they're trying to ease up some of this traffic gridlock that we've been seeing here from sky high chopper 13. if you do have to leave downtown, try using the south side or some of the tunnels to get out of downtown. if you have to leave downtown and go north, go north and try to avoid light streets. these water main breaks they have been a huge problem in baltimore over the last decade or so. there have been a number of them. there are some real amazing estimates of how much money it would cost to fix these problems. hundreds of millions of the dollars in baltimore alone to fix this infrastructure. until that funding comes through, we're going to see many of these. the water main is still broken. it is a 20-inch main. back to you. >> thank you. stay with
. >> reporter: most of the deaths have have been in baltimore city. older men, with heart problems. but no one is immune. >> people may lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a real hazard. >> we want to avoid any deaths at all. and if people stay cool and hydrated, we can avoid those negative outcomes. >> heat is a big problem. try to take the dog out. and the pavement gets really hot. try to keep really short walks. >> reporter: some are enjoying being outside in the hazy sunshine. >> to me, laying out in the sun is ther putic. and -- therapeutic and clears my mind and thoughts. when you can't afford tanning, you improvise. >> i saw the temperature tomorrow. and i thought, how far away can i get if i start driving now? [ laughter ] >> reporter: and the state has activated its emergency heat plan. right now, there is an emergency meeting of the city council to discuss the response to this heat wave. reporting live in hampden, mike hellgren, week eyewitness news. >> mike -- wjz eyewitness news. >> mike, thank you. bge and thousands of out-of- town crews continue to work to get people b
of which have been in baltimore city. and that danger is why doctors are telling people to stay out of the sun or find a cool place to cool off. >> reporter: another day under a vicious sun, as triple digit temperatures bear down on baltimore. >> the humidity has made it unbearable. doesn't matter if you're in the shade or in the sun. >> i'm sweating water now. i feel like a walking river right now. >> reporter: people sweating it out in the city. try to refuel. create their own shade, or simply ditch a few layers in an effort to stay cool. >> it's horrible. because it's so hot and sweaty. and it's just the noad -- not a good feeling. >> keeping cool with umbrella, water. >> reporter: but when it's this hot, the weather isn't just uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous. >> we definitely see a lot more people coming in who are dehydrated. they're not anticipating it. >> reporter: dr. michael witting works in the e.r.a. the -- e.r., the maryland medical center. he says people come in dehydrated, confused and weak. but it can get worse. >> the heat has been blamed for eight deaths in
numbers from bge. baltimore county has it the worse with 69,000 customers out. baltimore city and anne arundel county also hit very hard, a total of 213,000 customers are without electricity across maryland. the storm damage reaches far beyond power outages. rochelle richie and adam may are tracking the progress. >> reporter: we're right off of bologna avenue, let me show you the huge mess they're dealing with here. all these power lines dripping down into the road. that has caused crews to shut down the tree for now. there's a large tree blocking the roads. even some of the side roads are having problems. tree trimmers just arrived on the scene. a short time ago there was a huge branch that was literally hanging from those wires. they just cut it down so these streets should be opening up pretty soon. >> this was a loud and furious storm. >> reporter: maxine's yard looks like a bomb went off losing a few trees that were 150 feet high. >> oh my god, i couldn't believe it. this one took that one and all the way down. >> reporter: across baltimore county the sound of generators and chain
,000 in baltimore city. in ann arundel county about 41,000 customers. all 230,000 are still waiting on crews to restore their power. some of the best views are from sky chopper 13. captain long, what do you see out there? >> reporter: what we're looking at here just south of towson is a sizable tree that's fallen and not been removed. we saw a couple cars driving down the road. even though there's been some good damage and tangled phone lines the traffic is getting by. it's typical of what we've been seeing. most of the clean up is well underway. roads are looking good. we went all the way down to ann arundel county. reporting live, i'm cam tin -- captain jeff long. >>> tim williams and bernadette woods have a lot more. were going to start with bernadette. >> good afternoon. we're going to start out with that loop from the storms that made their way through. this is a very strong line of thunderstorms, as we all well know. wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. that's equivalent to hurricane force winds. as it continued to the eastern shore, still a lot of problems, but it weakened as it headed
? the baltimore city fire department wants new guidelines on what they can post on social media. wjz is live downtown. mike hellgren takes us behind the controversy. mike? >> reporter: mary, the department says this is not about silencing its critics. and wjz has learned union leaders will meet with department officials early next week to hash it all out. >> reporter: the latest heated battle in baltimore's fire department is over twitter. and what firetbieters can and can't post on -- firefighters can and can't post on twitter. it includes controversy over the chief's pay raise when fire companies are closing. one tweet read, save yourself. there are no medics. but you can call the mayor on her video phone. another questions how can the chief and mayor spat in your face. they say the new guidelines are notsz to re -- not to repress free speech. >> simply to establish concise guidelines and boundaries for which our members can communicate concerns. but it must be done, you know, decently and orderly. >> reporter: still, the firefighters union is troubled enough that they're meeting with lawy
apart the asphalt. >> this is the nature of the aging infrastructure in many large cities. baltimore is not an exception. >> reporter: a water main break two weeks ago. and yesterday, a 20-feet deep, 2-feet wide, and 6 feet long sinkhole, opening into a storm drain built into the 1930s. >> right now, we are sending a crew in to do a walk-in inspection of the large storm drain under the street. >> reporter: sky eye chopper 13 over the scene, showing a gaping hole in the middle of the street. causing confusion amongst pedestrians navigating their way on closed roads. >> just a little -- a few customers coming in. >> reporter: the city says it is taking the necessary measures to find and fix the problems. so far, crews have used a camera underground to look at the engage -- damage. scan water mains and check the sewer drains to make sure they're intact. >> it will give us an indication of what needs to be done in order to make a correction. >> reporter: but some say that correction will be just another temporary fix for a permanent problem. >> they need another system. >> i don't see wh
, about 45,000 bge customers are without power. baltimore city, baltimore county, still the hardest hit areas. stay with wjz for first warning weather coverage all summer long. for the updated forecast and a look at live doppler radar, log onto week.com. >>> the body of a man believed to be a missing jet skier is recovered in baltimore county. 47-year-old harry gillis was last seen early tuesday in essex. that afternoon, his jet ski was found drifting with the keys in the ignition. the coast guard searched a six- mile stretch of back river wednesday. last evening a body washed up near a dock. an autopsy will confirm the identity of the man and how he died. >>> the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed florida teenager, could go free. a judge granted zimmerman bail for a second time. randall pinkston reports for wjz from new york. >> reporter: a judge set bail for george zimmerman at $1 million. that's a lot more than the $150,000 bond he was released on in april. but the judge revoked that bond last month, after prosecutors said zimmerman and his wife misled the court about
. baltimore city reporting more than any other jurisdiction. >> the danger is with day after day after day of high heat, the most vulnerable of us in the community are even more vulnerable, so that includes the elerly folks with underlying health conditions and it's critical for them to be in cool spaces to stay hydrated. >> reporter: hydration is the key for survival for anyone working outdoors. roofers baking in the sun up to 103 degrees, part of the reason why they alternate their schedules. >> start in the morning. drink a lot of water and gatorade. >> reporter: the higher you go, the hotter it is. >> we take turns, go back and forth. he comes down, gets in the shade for a bit and then i go back up and take turns. it helps out a lot. >> reporter: it's the kind of heat having some carrying umbrellas for shade and others whatever they can. >> i get a slurpee until it cools down. that's it. >> reporter: so many people with their air conditioners right now that it actually becomes a drain on the power. b.g.e. have a peak rewards program that could have their air conditioners cycled on and
in baltimore county. baltimore city, anne arundel county and howard county, are also seeing a high number of outages. in total, 79,000 bge customers still do not have electricity. >>> right now, a heat advisory is in effect, adding to the troubles, during this storm recovery. first warning weather coverage continues now, with bob turk, who is tracking would temperatures and storms. bob? >> storms certainly a possibility upon as you mentioned. we have a couple that just popped up north and west of the region. let's take a look at this stuff moving down from pennsylvania. and there's more off across the extreme northwestern portion of pennsylvania. that could affect the region. one storm south of taneytown. another in front of catoctin, south of thurmont. these are moving off to the southeast. at 20 miles per hour. there you see them, over the last hour. heading towards walkersville. these have had a history of lightning and wind gusts around 35 to 40 miles an hour. they will continue to develop this afternoon and this evening. unfortunately, there is a risk of some severe storms tonight un
with the old and in with the new. the u.s. department of transportation is awarding the city of baltimore $40 million to build a new bus transit facility. wjz is live in east baltimore, michelle richie with more on how unemployment and the environment will be affected. michelle. >> reporter: in the next few years more than 700 jobs are expected to be created because of this project and it's also going to help the neighborhood. if busy bus transit building are still standing after 65 years never being renovated. but today that is all about to change. >> we're giving amdot $40 million. >> reporter: u.s. secretary of transportation ray lahood says the money is part of a $53 million project to replace the bus facility. >> this is the second largest amount awarded this year through the federal transit administration. >> reporter: $40 million will come from federal funding, $13 million from the state. the benefits range from the creation of jobs, reduction in noise and an increase in parking for those like roslin johnson who have to share the street with more than 300 transit employees. >> usually
to the city as part of a settlement. baltimore sued wells fargo accusing sub prime lending practices targeting minority neighborhoods. baltimore will get $7.5 million for lending assistance programs. the settlement includes restitution for effected city residents. >>> a plane full of passengers looks on at bwi as two flight attendants are rushed from the tarmac to the hospital. as kai jackson explains, hazmat crews were brought in to search the plane. >> sky chopper 13 is high above bwi airport after southwest airlines flight 709 made its scheduled landing with an emergency on board. >> the airplane is parked at gait a-1. >> the flight originated in virginia. authorities say at some point in the air a flight attendant became sick. once the plane landed it was determined a second flight attendant was also ill, both complaining of nausea. >> authorities say after the flight landed at bwi the two stick flight attendants were taken to the hospital and a has malt team with the ann arundel county fire department inspected the plane. >> they did air samples to see what would have been the cause. they
in baltimore city. anne anne arundel count tip has 38,000. >>> we're across the state with rochelle richie but first up is adam may in townsend baltimore county which was hard hit like many other count tips. >> reporter: let me show you some of the problems we're dealing with. this road here, bologna avenue being shut down. if you look over here, there are more power lines down. they are dangling in this yard. if you come around this way there's a good sight for people in this neighborhood. tree trimmers showed up about an hour ago. they are cutting down this giant pine tree so they can make repairs to this power pole that snapped down in those high winds. just off court road. >> this was a wild and furious storm. >> reporter: sissorman's tree came down. >> this one took out that one, and all the way down. >> reporter: across baltimore county the sound of generators and chain saws echo through neighborhoods. >> everywhere we've been it's all the same. with branches down, trees down, trees on houses, trees on cars. >> reporter: jason has been working nonstop in the sweltering heat since sun
zero in new york city. that is a total of 641 miles. we caught up with them in baltimore today, as they ran through our city. the run will raise money for the wiewrnded warrior project that helps-- wounded warrior project that helps raise money for injured servicemen. >> good luck to them. >> semper fi. >>> still ahead. missing from capitol hill. what is keeping congressman jesse jackson, jr., from work. and what his father is saying today. >>> fierce flooding and rain fills up texas and one roadside rescue. >>> i remember wanting to get there. >> the victim turns into the rescuer. how an injured surgeon's quick thinking helped save a paramedic's life. >>> it is a mild summer afternoon. but could the heat be getting cranked back up? well, tim hinted at it. stay with us. your updated first warning weather forecast is coming up. ,,,, hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> it's partly cloudy. 85 degrees in central maryland right now. the complet
: and they are making progress. the most outages right now are in baltimore county, followed by the city and anne arundel county. more than 7500 lines were reported down, from that storm on friday. reporting live, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> okay, mike. thank you. >>> and our first warning weather coverage continues now with rochelle ritchie, who has more on the impact in cecil county. >> reporter: well, vic, the family is still waiting to see if their home can be saved. the evidence of their near death experience, still lies in their yard. >> reporter: he's only 6 years old. but benny dixon knows all too well the sound of fear. >> you can see how that was a big mess. >> reporter: dixon was seen friday night, when his parents burst into his room. snatching him and his little sister out of their bed. >> daddy said we had to go to another safe place. and we did. we went to the bathroom closet. >> reporter: his parents could hear the howling winds winds and winds and crackling trees. what happened next nearly killed them. >> my husband knew right away, a tree went through the house. >> re
-- manchester. that's one that looks like it will move toward the baltimore city area. you can see it moving directly south right now. we have a possibility in the next 45 minutes or so of getting some action across the baltimore metro. and particularly now in frederick. frederick county, that storm moving right into the frederick area, right this minute. they have one over parkton. if you're anywhere in northern baltimore county, you can probably see or hear that lightning and thunder in the area. maybe brief, gusty winds, 40 to 50 miles an hour. this storm is not as strong now as it was. this is still pretty strong. but the warning will be dropped at 5:00. moving toward the frederick area. warm and humid air. 89, dew point 72. west winds at 21. barometer holding steady. 29.70 inches. right now, 70 in oakland. 91 in ocean city. upper 80s, a little above average. but high dew points, a lot of moisture in the air. so there's a lot of potential for heavy downpours. 89 in annapolis. d.c., columbus. pretty strong west winds. as much these may also begin to tear up these storms a little bit apart
in baltimore city. >> like the others, they follow the same pattern. they tend to be older. all of them are over the age of 45. they're distributed around the state. >> reporter: the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions are most vulnerable. and that message is getting out. >> if you do have somebody elderly in your family, you do need to check on them. especially if they don't have air conditioning. >> reporter: one step that could prevent the death toll from rising as we head into august. maryland has issued 12 heat advisories this summer already. meghan mccorkell, wjz eyewitness news. >> the city opened several cooling centers throughout the day today. and extended hours at public pools. remember, wjz 13 is always on. check in for first warning weather coverage. for updates on the forecast, live doppler radar any time, log onto wjz.com. >>> well, fresh off harsh criticism from their dur etcho storm response, bge is seeking rate increases. if approved by the public service commission, the transmission portion of your bill would increase by about 6.6%. gas transmission
now died from heat-related illnesses here in maryland this summer. 10 of them in baltimore city. >> like the others, they follow the same pattern. they tend to be older. all of them are over the age of 45. they're distributed around the state. >> reporter: the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions are most vulnerable. and that message is getting out. >> if you do have somebody elderly in your family, you do need to check on them. especially if they don't have air conditioning. >> reporter: one step that could prevent the death toll from rising as we head into august. maryland has issued 12 heat advisories this summer already. meghan mccorkell, wjz eyewitness news. >> stay with wjz for first warning weather coverage of this heat. to get updates on the forecast, log onto wjz.com. >>> well, new weather alerts are coming to the bay bridge to protect drivers during dangerous storms. the transportation authority will upgrade its early warning system, allowing it to close the bridge more quickly when strong wind gusts hit. they hope to guard against incidents, such as t
. >> reporter: like the fire department, baltimore city police are also working on a social media policy. they say no specific problems issue are behind that push. >> and both the police and fire departments are looking at what department negligence are the cities have done. as well as professional organizations to develop their new guidelines. reporting live downtown, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right. thank you, mike. the department has no official deadline to put the social media policies into effect. >>> maryland firefighters rescue a dozen people. take a look at the scene. 17 people were trapped by the flame. and quickly rescued by firefighters. eventuallily, the fire went to three alarms. no one was injured. the fire caused $1.5 million in damage. >>> a new law trying to catch up to technology and the danger it poses on the road. maryland, it's now illegal to text while driving. alex demetrick reports, police are starting to enforce it. >> it's day one for a new patrol in anne arundel county. in a half dozen marked and unmarked units. the new target? >> trying to fin
. the grand prix will take over baltimore city streets dependence just in time for lay bob day weekend -- city streets again just in time for the labor day weekend. >> they'll start construction on the track tonight. and the general manager of the grand prix said they took the necessary steps to make sure business and traffic are not negatively affected. after making a few changes in planners, the grand prib is back. >> it was a great success from the spectators perspective. but as a business it failed. >> reporter: this year they're doing things differently. construction on the track will start in the evening and be built in sections for less impact on drivers and instead of ending the race at 9:00 p.m. the race will end at 6:30 p.m. a plus for businesses. >> that's right around dinner time so we are all hopeful that this year it'll have a greater impact, positive impact on our business. >> everything is on schedule. we're quite happy with the way things are going. >> reporter: the grand prix will feature lots of drivers like joseph newgarden. >> half of the track is really bumpy and half is
circle. we have an overturned tractor- trailer we're dealing with in that area. as far as baltimore city goes, we have the issue concerning the water main break causing a problem. east lombard, the two right lanes are blocked. and as mike had mentioned earlier, still closed between wolf street and patterson park. the best way to take that around would be orleans street and madison. not a bad drive at all. there's a look at 895 at potee street. we're taking a look there. right there, as you are connected to the beltway. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm or these them online for a free consultation. back to you. >> kristy, thank you. >>> still ahead at 4:00, on eyewitness news. the nittany lions, back on the field at penn state. can the negativity of the sex scandal ever go away. >>> why firefighters are having such trouble getting them under control. >>> let's be thankful for another day under 90 degrees. meteorologist bernadette woods is updating your first warning forecast. at sleep n
-tv, wjz-hd and wjz.com, baltimore. from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now is complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >>> 4:28. 98 degrees, mostly sunny. i'm vic carter. >> i'm denise koch. here's what's people are talking about. >> getting help from the organization to keep them safe from the summer olympics. reporting live from france. >> reporter: there will be unprecedented security when the olympics get under way in london and the international criminal police organization interpol will be keeping an eye out for trouble. >> the biggest threat people face is the possibility that there's some unknown trained terrorist. >> reporter: in france, the organization gathers intelligence for 190 countries and then police departments worldwide rely on interpol's database, fingerprints, and most wanted people. we were given a firsthand look at the situation room inside the headquarters. these people are on the terror suspect across borders and keeping track of lost passports, making sure they haven't fallen into the wrong hands. the staff monitors around the worl
a chance to experience restaurants that they may not normally go to. check out new things in the city. >> reporter: baltimore's restaurant week continues for 10 days and includings two weekends. so make your reservations early. >> it's a wonderful opportunity for us. we know that during restaurant week, a lot of customers we see are new faces. and that's a great opportunity for us to do what we do best. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> and we'll do what we do best as customers, and that's eat. this is baltimore's seventh summer restaurant week. for a complete list of participating restaurants, log onto our website, wjz.com, and click on news. >>> coming up on eyewitness news at 4:00. >> take a deep breath. >> electronic tlc. see the latest in doctor care that may be coming to a hospital near you. >>> a petri dish of germs. where bwi falls in a survey of disease-spreading airports. >>> and it's a sticky afternoon. bob has the latest on the heat advisory in his first warning forecast. wjz 13 is always on. for the top stores on wjz -- stories on wjz.com, instant [ barks ] [
for the city. a few years ago we did a special report on the aging infrastructure in baltimore. you have to remember a lot of these pipelines are very old. they've been dealing with these problems off and on for a number of years. estimates to repair these problems so you don't run into this run into hundreds of millions of the dollars. there's been debates on how to fund these projects. in the meantime with a lack of funding you're just going to see more and more of these problems that's what the experts are predicting. mary that's the latest we have now back to you. >> i think all of us have been paying more attention to it because our water bills just went up. yes they did. >> last week knowing that the infrastructure needs to be repaired. when they finally do get to the scene, when they shut the water off a lot of times they have to dig right there, open the street up and get to work on those pipes. >> and mary you know they just announced here about a week ago the city was launching a new initiative where they were sending in specialized equipment into some of these water mains that
serious rain. almost 2 inches in northern sections of baltimore county. south of the city, downtown that, a little more than half inch almost. and bwi just a quarter. south of us, almost nothing fell on the lower eastern shore. and not very much either, far western maryland. hagerstown only had 9/100ths of an inch. tonight, areas will get downpours. others won't see a drop. >>> thank you, bob. let's go check on the roads with kristy breslin. she's at wjz traffic control. hello, kristy. >>> delays pretty much everywhere. traveling on that west side inner loop, expect at least 25 minutes to security boulevard. on the north side of the inner loop, delays stretch there from york road around the perring parkway. and northbound 95, that's one long delay. begins at 395 and goes well past whitemarsh boulevard. westbound heavy from the patapsco river bridge to the beltway. also eastbound very heavy there, as you make your way towards the beltway. as far as city accidents go, plenty of them. west franklin at pulaski. north carolina, east fayette. and curtis avenue at ben hill. let's take a live lo
in baltimore. 75 in oakland. 78 in ocean city. and we'll take you in a little closer and show you, most of you in the low to mid-80s. take a look to our west. because once again, that's the heat that really hasn't gone anywhere. we're going to tap into it, drawing it our way and starting tomorrow, we do have a heat advisory that goes into effect, starting at noon, it will continue until 8:00. those temperatures are going to start jumping pretty quickly. mary? >> thank you, bernadette. let's check in on our roads right now. here's kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, everyone. a couple of problem spop spots spot on 91. also in the northbound direction, a bit of slowing there, from caton avenue to the fort mchenry tunnel. we also have slowing 895, potee street to the harbor tunnel. as far as the beltway goes, the north side inner loop, stop and go there, from charles street to dulaney valley road. west side inner loop, delay there, 15 minutes to liberty. and we have an accident we're watching, york road at mccann avenue. involving a motorcycle. also a few problems in the city. all lanes
city art, a talented wire walker who started teaching adult circus and dance classes in baltimore about a year ago. >> reporter: and i noticed that there is really no circus school in baltimore. sowe decided it was time to change that. >> reporter: there's tumbling and pyramids. you can learn how to juggle, too. baltimoreans are finding their circus skills here. >> the community has been so warm and welcoming. we've had a lot of great students come in, very enthusiastic and just excited that we offer this. >> reporter: jennifer styles is taking chinese acrobatic classes. >> when you go to the gym, you're kind of on your own. here, it's a team environment. it's more fun. you're having fun while you're doing it. >> reporter: and doing this takes time and a commitment. for circus performers like erica, it's their life. >> you're just always worrying about your weight, about your body, worrying about making sure that you're better than everyone else. but if you love it, it's not a problem. you get to do what you love every day. >> reporter: and every day in the circus business, you never kn
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